spiky

adjective \ ˈspī-kē \
variants: or less commonly spikey
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of spiky

spikier; spikiest
1 : of, relating to, or characterized by spikes
  • spiky barbed wire
2 : sharply irritating or acerbic (as in temper or manner)

spikily

play \ˈspī-kə-lē\ adverb

spikiness

play \ˈspī-kē-nəs\ noun

Examples of spiky in a Sentence

  1. a plant with spiky leaves

  2. He has a spiky personality.

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First Known Use of spiky

1578


SPIKY Defined for English Language Learners

spiky

adjective

Definition of spiky for English Language Learners

  • : having sharp points : formed into points

  • : tending to become angry or annoyed easily


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